Monday, November 2, 2015

The Rest of October

The rest of the month, in photos!

I took Eli to the zoo one Friday.  We almost had the place to ourselves, and I loved this time alone with him.  

 We fed the giraffes, which is SO cool!!!

And we could not resist a selfie.  :)

The day was ended with a ride on the carousel.  He looks so BIG!  We used to come to the zoo all the time when he was a baby and toddler- I have so many pictures of little tiny Eli on this same carousel.

Even though most of October was HOT here in Texas, the temperature did not stop the leaves from falling (or the boys from raking!).

More soccer games...

The boys (Eli and Eric, Phil and Timothy and Charlie, and my dad) did their bi-annual camping trip in October and had a great time.  I don't have many pictures, but just a couple...

Swimming!  It was in the 90s for a good chunk of October.  Fortunately, it cooled off for them on the second day.  (And I don't know why this picture won't scoot over- the inconsistency annoys me!  :) )

They loved the nature center (petting a snake).

And they hiked a lot!  (They don't look too happy about it, though!  :) )

Eli lost his first tooth!!  I was so bummed that it happened at school and not when he was with me!  He has been messing with it for MONTHS, so it shocked me that he got in the car that afternoon having lost it!  I love the gap-toothed smiles of kids at this age.

Awana Club at church had its annual fall festival.  Eli was a police man.

A fire truck came so the kids could take a look inside and meet the fire fighters.  I was busy with one of the game booths, so I didn't get to see him get into the fire engine.  I'm super glad a friend snapped this picture for me!

And October ended with CRAZY amounts of rain!  But NOTHING keeps these three boys inside.  They dug up my dad's side yard to make a "lake," built a giant "mountain" of mud along our fence, and took turns swinging on the rope swing from the "mountain" into the "lake."  The amount of dirty laundry has been amazing, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.  I LOVE that these three have each other and that they can always, always find something to keep themselves entertained together outside.  (And I'm thankful for a dad kind enough to allow his grandsons to destroy his property!)

Eli's school had Rodeo Day last week.  In Poetry, Texas, they do Rodeo Day up right!  :)

Eli and a few of his classmates.

Super sunny shot of Eli and his stick horse.

They set up lots of little games for the kids to play- they all had a blast.

Sack races!

On Halloween, we carved a pumpkin (of course).

When he was little he would NOT touch the pumpkin "guts."  Now he quite enjoys it!  :)

We went to a local church's trunk-or-treat and then trick-or-treating around the neighborhood together.  (Charlie Brown, a police man, and a lumberjack.)

He brings the LAW.

November is up next!  I LOVE this time of year!